Top things to see and do at Aira Force

A family at Aira Force in Ullswater

Discover a place full of adventure, and make special memories with the whole family this spring at Aira Force. From splashing through streams and hiding behind towering trees in the woods to becoming a red squirrel detective, we’ve got the lot.

Avoid the crowds

Our busiest times at Aira Force are between 11am and 3pm. Our car parks can fill up fast at these times and spaces can be limited. For the best chance of finding a parking space, we recommend arriving outside of our peak times.

Natural play area

Our little natural play area just beyond the car park, next to the picnic field, is a great place for kids to make their own fun while you enjoy a relaxing bite to eat. They can test their balance on fallen trees, leap from log to log and have a go at climbing. 

Have a picnic

We’ve got some fantastic picnic spots for those warmer days. Roll out the rug by the lake, on the Glade or find a spot at one of our picnic benches and enjoy your snack. Pick up cakes and drinks from our tea-room kiosk for a feast in a flash. 

Become a squirrel detective

Red squirrels are in danger of extinction in England, but Aira Force woodland not only provides an opportunity for you to see them in the wild but also provides a safe haven for our little furry friends and hugely increases the public awareness of their plight. Stay alert and keep your eyes open to see if you can spot a red squirrel on your walk. 

Top Tip – the best time to spot a squirrel is early in the day when there are fewer people around.

Look out for champion trees on a woodland walk

It's a great time to visit any woodland, and those that surround our magnificent waterfall at Aira Force are no exception. Take your time to explore the woodland glades, following the tree trail around Aira Force and enjoying our fascinating collection of trees as you go.

We have lots of activity sheets for kids (young and old) available at Aira Force and Ullswater, speak to a member of the team during your visit to see what is available.

Walkways Project 

The Aira Force Walkways Project is replacing an existing viewing area at the bottom of the waterfall and a section of footpath, which is currently unstable and unsuitable for long-term use, with a dramatic steel platform, cantilevered out over the river gorge, to provide inspiring views of the river and waterfall.

 Some sections of footpath will be closed during the duration of the work to ensure the safety of our visitors and that the contractors can work as efficiently as possible. The one-way system around the waterfall trails will ensure the site remains easy to navigate.

Unfortunately we have had to close access to the waterfall viewing platforms due to a severe tree fall. Even though you can’t get as close to the waterfall as usual at the moment, our rangers have been working hard to keep the foliage cut back so that you can enjoy the best view possible from the other footpaths.

You can find out more about the project here.